Australian international has noticed major Tom Rogic difference since Ange took over at Celtic

By David Walton

October 7, 2021

Australian international Ryan McGowan has noticed a major difference in how Tom Rogic is moving this season under Ange Postecoglou.

Rogic is back to being a regular in the Hoops starting XI after a period on the sidelines under Neil Lennon last term. Tom has played a part in every game this season as he looks to get himself back up to peak form at Parkhead.

The Aussie came off the bench against Aberdeen on Sunday to produce a moment of magic to help slice open the Dons defence and win the game for Celtic. It was the kind of moment produced by the Rogic of old. But given his renaissance under Postecoglou this season, it looks like he may well be returning to his former self.

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And McGowan has noticed a major improvement in his movement that he believes has gone unnoticed.

As quoted by Australian outlet FTBL, McGowan said: “Everybody knows the calibre of player he is, and a fit and firing Tom Rogic Is a pleasure to watch and to count as a team mate. It’s good to see him injury free and stringing together games for his club.

“It’s probably gone unnoticed a bit but it’s great that he’s moving freely after what was a bit of a stop-start period in his career. He has the touch and the vision, and there’s not many players like him in Australia. When he’s in full flow it’s difficult to stop him.

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“Ange taking over at Celtic has made a big difference for him. Last season was a bit difficult and he was maybe playing when he possibly shouldn’t have been due to the circumstances around the club at that time. Your performances probably suffer a little bit from that. But he’s had a good break and he’s fit and flying – not only for Celtic but also the national team.”

Tom Rogic looking reinvigorated already under Ange Postecoglou

Rogic is already looking reinvigorated and ready to get his Celtic career going again under Postecoglou. There have been times when the 28-year-old has looked likely to leave in the past. But he’s shown Celtic plenty of commitment and vice-versa to turn his Hoops spell around.

It’s also great to see this improvement showing on the international stage too. That will only be a boost for the player’s morale as Celtic look to build him back up again.

The arrival of Postecoglou has clearly helped him tenfold. Rogic was one of the few if not the only player that knew what he had to do to make himself a part of the manager’s plans. Having had previous experience of working with him, there was already a bond/connection there.

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Not that Rogic is operating at his peak level just yet. His performances in recent weeks alongside David Turnbull haven’t been overly-impressive. But this is likely down to the fact both men can’t play together more than anything else.

Rogic reminded us all of the quality he has on Sunday. The next challenge for him is to produce a level of consistency that will have Celtic fans talking about him more regularly once again.

For now, he’s on the right path, and it’s great to see it showing on the international stage too.

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